Effective for the 2017-2018 academic year, Lavelle Prep Elementary has proudly extended the Orton-Gillingham “OG” instructional experience to all students. As a result of this expansion, elementary students in grades 3 through 5 now receive instruction utilizing OG strategies three times a week in a whole class setting.
The Orton-Gillingham Approach to reading and literacy instruction is a research based, multisensory approach that follows a unique and specific sequential structure aimed to increase reading fluency in those who struggle with reading, writing and spelling – specifically those students with dyslexia.
First teaching the connections between sounds and letters, then gradually working through spelling and phonetic patterns, syllabication, decoding strategies and word root origination/morphology, the method has proved highly successful, in part due to the focus of teaching both the “how” and “why” of reading and writing.
Through hands on, extensive training, our teachers work with Mrs. Anne Edwards, an Accredited Training Fellow, AOGPE to achieve first a basic understanding of the instructional approach, working up to and often beyond the Classroom Educator certification level.
Lavelle Prep first began incorporating Orton Gillingham into its instructional practice in 2012, beginning with certifying three sixth grade teachers at the classroom level.
There are now six Lavelle Prep teachers in total who have received the training, and we expect the numbers, as well as the academic achievements of our students to continue to grow.
Lavelle Prep would like to thank The Staten Island Foundation for the generous grant that enables us to continue with the trainings of teachers in the Orton Gillingham practice.